East Campus 5 (EC5)
305 Phillip Street
Tel: 519 888-4567 x 31012
Current position: Senior Health Care Consultant, Santis Health
Co-op experience: PERL Policy Co-op, ON Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing
Academic background: History, Queen's University
While I have always been interested in government work, I wanted a program that would provide me with the skill set I needed in order to serve the public to the best of my ability. The Master of Public Service program provides students with the most applicable and important skills in order to thrive as a civil servant. It has been the first, and best, choice I have made so far in my career.
There is no greater feeling than knowing that your work is having a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of those around you. Whether it’s working on economic policy at the federal level, or supporting a municipality in providing its community with the services they need, as a public servant you can feel satisfaction in knowing that you are helping to provide Canadians with a better future.
When I picture my dream public service career, I see myself working for the Privy Council Office in Ottawa, directly supporting the federal Cabinet. For now all I can do is keep working hard to make sure my dream becomes a reality!
Being a Waterloo MPS student was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. While you’re learning new skills and meeting tight deadlines all the time, you have a wonderful group there to support you the whole way through. By the end of the term you feel like you have gained a new family.
Definitely working late into the night analysing policy for Professor Henstra, or creating the briefing book for Professor Condon; at those times, taking a break and laughing over coffee with your cohort becomes your saving grace, and makes you appreciate more then ever, the support you get from your friends in the program. Also, I will never forget getting confused over economics and then laughing about the “Khubayashi Maru” with my classmates and Professor Sen. Inside-jokes like those are all part of the friendships you build in the MPS.
I spent most of my time at my favourite desk in the project room, combined with taking breaks and having coffee with my friends in the lunch room. These are the places where I made some of the best memories, and they are the places that I will miss the most.
I learned how capable I am of being successful in the face of any new challenges. As a former history major from a purely arts background, one of my major concerns at the beginning of the program was how hard it would be for me to learn some of the new skills I needed, like economic analysis and government finance. After lots of hard work and dedication, I can now say that these courses have been some of the most rewarding and enriching experiences for me in my life.
If you are interested in public service, and want to learn the skills you need to build a rewarding and successful career in this field, come to the MPS! With hard work you will be successful!
To always stay optimistic, and never give up on your dream. When you’re confronted with challenges in life, keep an open mind and an open heart, and you’ll be successful. Finally, never shy away from seeking the support of those around you, but also remember to provide help when help is needed.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.